I think I’ve figured out I’m an entrepreneur with a desire to improve the world. Professionally, my experience comes from almost twenty years of practicing as a landscape architect and planner. For the past ten, I have had my own design firm Corvus Design with six of us currently trying to get things done in and around Alaska. I have served as Chapter President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Association of Landscape Architects, have been involved with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) at the national level (and am currently on their Policy Committee), have been the board representative to the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects on behalf of the Northwest Territories Association of Landscape Architects, have served on a communications committee with the Council of Landscape Architecture Review Boards, had achieved vice-chair with the Anchorage Urban Design Commission, have sat on a number of design award juries, am currently a board member (and fundraising chair) for the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) and have served as the President of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA). I am very proud to be a Fellow of the CSLA, with my nomination based on my contributions to the Society and the profession of landscape architecture through my service.
In short… I have had trouble saying “no” for many years. Through all of this I’ve spent a lot of time watching, listening and learning. One of the best reasons for being involved locally and nationally is that you get to meet a bunch of people! And, many of them will be people that you don’t compete with! That’s when you can really share information freely, and get the dirt on what getting things done in this world really takes. While I remember being shy as a kid, I’m finding more of my grandfather’s ability to sit down and just chat with anyone. That’s where we really learn things.
So… for me, this blog is an option for me to chat with people I haven’t had the chance to meet yet.